Top 5 Favorite Albums of 2013

by Alyssa Mallerdino
(alyssa.mallerdino@valpo.edu)

2013 was an amazing year for music. Because of this, it took me a little longer than normal to figure out what my favorite albums of the year were. These are my top 5 favorite albums, but there are a lot of other great albums that didn’t make it on the list. If you haven’t gotten a chance to listen to all of these, I would definitely recommend giving them a shot.

1. Modern Vampires of the City-Vampire Weekend

MVOTC might have had an unfair advantage on this list considering I decided it was my favorite album back in June, before a lot of these other albums came out. The album’s lyrics, filled with obscure references and deep questions, set this album apart from all of Vampire Weekend’s previous albums. MVOTC begs you to listen to it over and over again.

2. Days Are Gone-Haim

Haim is one of my favorite new bands. Their first EP was on my top 10 list last year, so I had high expectations for this album. Needless to say, Days Are Gone exceeded my expectations and is now one of my favorite pop albums.

3. BEYONCE-Beyoncé

Although this album got most of its attention from its lack of promotion prior to its release, I believe Beyoncé’s self-titled album is her best work to date. While the fact that it’s a visual album is awesome, I think it’s an amazing album even without the corresponding videos.

4. Yeezus-Kanye West

Kanye West provides some of his best sampling work yet on Yeezus. The album is both interesting and catchy, track after track.

5. Anxiety-Autre Ne Veut

Anxiety is a unique and surprisingly addictive album. Arthur Ashin’s poignant lyrics and high pitched vocals create an emotional tension throughout the album that forces listeners to fall in love with it.

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